Letters to the Editor 11/4/21


Republicans should have supported American Rescue Plan

The most recent Clay Today featured a front-page story of the Clay County Board
of County Commissioners discussing what to do with $20 million in disaster relief funds. The options put forth included millions for stormwater projects, drainage improvement, park repairs and for physical and cybersecurity improvements. Worthy items for the people of Clay County.
A couple months back these same commissioners approved even more millions for county jail improvements, County Health Department renovations and broadband upgrading. Most Clay [residents] would believe these necessary and good use of funds.
But left out of this story is this: our county received $42.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to be used for disaster-related scenarios. It was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden in response to American society and the economy being turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But this most helpful Act to our country was passed without any supporting votes from any of our Florida Republicans legislators in Congress. Not one. Well, really not one Republican legislator from any state in our Union voted for this. Not one. Huh.
And as long-time former radio personality Paul Harvey used to say, “Now you know the  rest of the story.” Thank you.

Dave Neal
Fleming Island
Clay County needs to embrace new tech businesses

I believe we are on the cusp of the greatest industrial revolution the world has ever seen. Clean energy, automated transportation, mass hydroponic food production are just a few examples.
As Clay County proceeds forward with development planning, the county commissioners should take a page from other communities who are riding this wave rather than defend the shore. Clinging to old-school ideas will lead Clay County down a path to lamentation and decay.
Dedicating property to “new tech” businesses will send a signal to entrepreneurs that “Clay wants to play” in the revolution game. The county commissioners need to look at their neighbors in Alachua where tech companies are breaking ground north of town embracing the game.
The general population of Clay county would be best served if they move to a bolder future which is knocking at their door.
Joe Golon
Fleming Island


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